Coming to Costa Rica I had expectations as well as thoughts as to what the experience would consist of. I was curious as well as concerned about the uVolunteer house, the community, food, as well as the service. When I arrived at the dorm I found myself tired and frustrated so my first impression was not the greatest.
As the days went on I began to feel more welcome, and comfortable. I was very pleased with the room accommodations as well as the hospitality. Dona Isabel sure made my stay comfortable and welcoming; her meals gave us a great way to see how the locals eat and what they eat. The food was amazing.
While here in San Ramon I was able to live in the community and able to interact with the locals. When I think of the people of San Ramon I see a community that works to lice, a community that depends on one another’s different niches.
Everyone is a contributing factor. San Ramon is a great place to experience the Costa Rican Culture. But ultimately my favorite part has been my service to the community. I was able to work construction as well as the community center. I found the construction to be difficult but worth the experience, the feeling of doing something to help a person in need.
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The other service was the Community Center. As a Social Work Major in the United States, specializing in adolescents I found my passion for working with kids increasing. I feel that this experience is allowing me to be more motivated with working with adolescents. I believe the today’s children are tomorrow’s future, and if there is no hope for the youth there’s no hope for the future.
“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”